CONVEX SHIPS ITS 1,000TH SUPERCOMPUTER TO FORD MOTOR CO.
CONVEX SHIPS ITS 1,000TH SUPERCOMPUTER TO FORD MOTOR CO. RICHARDSON, Texas, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its tradition
of supplying affordable supercomputers, Convex Computer Corporation (NYSE: CNX) has shipped its 1,000th system. A Convex C3800 was shipped to Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich. to support computer aided engineering (CAE) applications that achieve higher quality and more cost-effective new car designs.
"Shipping our 1,000th system is a tremendous milestone in our record of success and growth," said Robert J. Paluck, Convex chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We have accomplished a great deal in 10 years and with each new technological breakthrough, we will continue to advance supercomputing and its benefits for an ever- expanding base of users. We are pleased that Ford, a long-standing customer, is the recipient of our 1,000th system," he continued. "Ford's purchase of multiple systems throughout several generations of Convex supercomputers is proof that we offer not only superior products, but quality service and support as well." According to Dr. Howard C. Crabb, CAE manager, Ford Alpha Simulanteous Engineering, the acquisition of the C3800 represents the next generation of computer solvers that utilize high-speed parallel processors, resulting in reduced time to market of better products. "This installation underscores Ford's commitment to continuously improve our ability to develop products of the highest quality for the lowest cost," he noted. "The C3800 will be used at the concept level of design to predict crash analysis, airflow simulations and vehicle system and subsystem performance. This allows our engineers to optimize designs before prototypes are built, thereby reducing the cycle time to market." The C3800 supercomputer with two gigabytes of memory represents the sixth Convex system installed at Ford in various operations. Using supercomputers, engineers and industrial designers simulate hundreds of different design variations before going into production, saving millions of dollars in development costs. With computer simulation, engineers are able to achieve the most effective use of available resources to cut costs for materials and actual dollars spent. Designers can develop an analytical prototype, run the test simulation and return to the design stage without committing extensive resources. With these simulations, countless iterations of physical models or prototypes can be avoided, and product performance and quality can be tested throughout the development cycle. "Because so much depends on the design excellence of our automobiles, the use of supercomputers' three-dimensional CAE and CAD (computer-aided design) data expedites the design and manufacturing process at the earliest possible stages of development," said Crabb. "Convex supercomputers continue to play an increasingly important role in this cycle." More than 230 software programs in areas such as computer-aided engineering, computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis now run on Convex supercomputers, providing customers with the largest CAE supercomputer software library in the world. Overall, one-third of Convex's installed base runs CAE applications. "Convex supercomputers are well suited to these applications because of the systems' large memory capacity of up to four gigabytes -- allowing for more detailed modeling, and the systems' high data throughput," said Paluck. "A high level of throughput saves hours of processing time, which means designs are completed faster and new products get to market quicker." The C3800 family of supercomputers features up to eight processors, two gigaflops peak performance and four gigabytes of physical memory. It is also the first supercomputer to be fully implemented with gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology, which increases the speed of the system while maintaining a low-maintenance, air-cooled package. More than 1,200 third-party, UNIX-based software applications are available on the C3 Series. Convex Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of air-cooled supercomputers worldwide, markets its products primarily to scientific, engineering and technical users for a wide variety of applications. Convex, which is listed on the NYSE with the symbol CNX, has sold more than 1,000 systems to nearly 550 customers in 40 countries. The systems are sold and serviced through direct sales and an extensive distribution network. -0- 4/9/92 /CONTACT: Donna Burke, 214-497-4230, or Alison Peoples, 214-497-4226, both of Convex Computer/ (CNX) CO: Convext Computer Corp.; Ford Motor Co. ST: Texas, Michigan IN: CPR SU:
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